We are well placed!
Numerous voices are telling us about the uncertainty that lies ahead in many aspects of our lives. You may be wondering what that means for our Church. What will things look like in two months, six months or next year? I don't have that kind of Crystal ball, but we are well placed to meet the challenges ahead. I think with creativity, courage and God's leading; we can move into the future with hope.
For some time now, we have been preparing to be adaptable. Much of our Mission Action Plan has been formed and implemented with a fundamental understanding of living in rapidly changing times. What we have done over this time to shape our ministry towards being intergenerational, to develop our facilities and to encourage generosity are now proving beneficial. Beyond this, the ministry partnerships we are fostering and use of technology are also showing themselves as providential.
Let me give you a simple example of how our MAP has helped us be well placed. It is clear that when we return to worship together that we will not be able to use prayer or hymn books because of the infection risk they pose. We can be thankful that we have already installed screens that will become even more important to our worship on Sunday mornings.
It seems clear that in the medium term, our worship and ministry will need to adapt. We will need to find ways of living in a world where some can gather, but others will still find themselves at risk. Over the coming weeks, I will continue to share how we are trying to respond and adapt as a church. To express how we will seek ways of moving closer to God and each other for an abundant life.
GOOD NEWS!!!! It is with some excitement that we share with you a significant step forward in achieving our Church refurbishment project. Part of our intentional plan to develop facilities that are best suited to meet the present and future needs of our parish.
You may remember that an essential step in this process was the sale of the two blocks of land. These are the blocks on which the tennis court is situated. The Diocese endorsed the sale of this land late last year. We need to remove the tennis court to allow us to proceed to this sale.
We have received confirmation from the Diocese this week that work is intended to begin on the removal of the Tennis Court in late May or early June.
We know that amid this good news, there will be some who receive it with a tinge of sadness. The Tennis Court has played its part in the community life of St David’s. It was built with a vision for the ministry needs of the parish at that time. It, therefore, reminds us to give thanks for the vision of those who served the parish over the years. It is on this foundation that we are seeking to build for the future.
Once the tennis court is removed, civil works will then commence connecting utilities such as sewerage, water and electricity. We intend that these blocks be placed on the open market for sale in the second half of 2020.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.
Priest and Wardens
Written by clergy and lay people across the Diocese, Sunday Devotions are short reflections based on the lectionary readings of the day, suitable for small group discussion (e.g. via Skype, Zoom or group voice call) or personal use. Check out this week's Sunday Devotion, written by The Rev'd Paul Bland from the Parish of East Brisbane.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed in the week between Ascension and Pentecost 24 - 31 May 2020
This year’s theme calls us to move from shared prayer to shared action. The international resources for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by colleagues in Malta. The 2020 theme, “They showed us unusual kindness” (Acts 28:2), remembers the historic shipwreck of Paul on the island of Malta and calls us to a greater generosity to those in need.
See more through their website including daily prayer reflections you can use.
The Anglican Church Southern Queensland (ACSQ) will be recognising and celebrating National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June. An exciting program of activities and resources for the whole ACSQ community has been prepared, commencing with a minute's silence for National Sorry Day at 12 noon on 26 May 2020. Please mark your calendar and set the timer on your phone for this important event and participate from wherever you are at the time — by yourself at home, in the office, or in connection with others online.
Diane Phillips Bate was a much loved and longstanding member of St David's Anglican church. We have been saddened by her passing even while we put our trust in a loving God for her care. Below you will find a tribute written by her loving Husband Phillip that was published in his column "Down the Straight" in Queensland Country Life on 7 May.